Local Pig Breeders Suffering Financially From Illegal Pig Imports

Local pig breeders want the government to take action on illegal imports of pigs from Thailand. Local pig breeders and small scale pig breeders say they are suffering financial hardship because of an uneven playing field created by the illegal pigs. Myanmar allows pig and pork imports, but illegal imports — which occurs most along […]

United International Group to Open Five Amata Hotels in 2018-19

United International Group, owner and operator of Amata Hotels in Myanmar, will open five more hotels in the country, U Win Aung, group CEO of United International Group told The Myanmar Times Monday. The company will open two new Amata hotels at Inle Lake and Pindaya in Shan State, two in the Myeik archipelago at Tanintharyi Region […]

Yangon Transport Authority Declares YBS a ‘Success’ on Its 1st Birthday

YANGON— Yangon transport officials declared the city’s revamped a bus system a “success” on its first anniversary on Tuesday, downplaying what has generally been regarded as a bumpy start. “The Yangon Bus Service has achieved 70 percent of the goals we set,” Dr. Maung Aung, secretary of the Yangon Region Transport Authority (YRTA), the body […]

Edotco Malaysia Eyes Higher Market Share

KUALA LUMPUR: As the leading Asean mobile tower provider, edotco Group Sdn Bhd is perceived as the dominant company in its home turf here. However, it captures less than 20% of the total market share. But edotco chief executive officer Suresh Sidhu is unperturbed by this. In fact, he sees it as an opportunity for […]

Yangon-Mandalay Train Journey will Shorten to 8 Hours by 2023

Japan has thrown its weight behind Myanmar’s railway development by funding the Yangon-Mandalay railway, according to the country’s foreign minister Taro Kono who held a joint press conference in the capital with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on January 12. The railroad upgrade programme is expected to cut travel time between Yangon and Taungoo […]

Philippines’ Metro Pacific Studies Myanmar Potentials

INFRASTRUCTURE conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is studying investment opportunities in the toll-roads sector in Myanmar, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said on Monday, even as the group targets to close an expressway deal in Malaysia this year. Pangilinan said his group will be scouting for expressway deals in Myanmar, which, according to documents from the […]

Unlicensed Teachers Face Jail Under Draft of Education Law

A person teaching without a teacher license is subject to a prison sentence, according to the draft of a private education law that was released in December 2017. According to the draft law’s chapter 13 section 47, no one should work as a private school teacher without having a teacher license. Violations may lead to three […]

IFC, Australia Back Nationwide Study on Myanmar’s Hydropower

AS MYANMAR needs more electricity to realise its development goals during the first civilian government’s term, two ministries have been holding a series of discussions until the third week of January to finalise the countrywide strategic environmental assessment (SEA) on hydropower potential by March. The series of discussions started with a stakeholder meeting in Myitkyina, […]

Thailand’s Infrastructure Plans are Good for Trade with Myanmar

​​ Thailand revealed plans to invest in its infrastructure to boost trade with Myanmar. By committing to the initial investment, Thailand has started the process. Both parties must then work together to reap the benefits of the new infrastructure. Border trade makes up a reported 80% of trade between Myanmar and Thailand. It is essential […]

Some Businesses Fret Over Myanmar Wage Proposal

Many business organisations in Myanmar have lodged objections against improving daily wages as approved by the National Committee for Designating Minimum Wage earฌlier this month. The committee has decided to set the minimum wage at 4,800 kyat, a 33 per cent increase from the current rate of 3,600 kyat. All businesses with 10 or more […]